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Today, focus is on why hallowed books and holy writings should be used when answering questions that require sacred knowledge.  Properly reading the Scriptures “stirs up the gift” of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that has been imparted to indwell a believer.  Included are inseparable aspects for relationship with the Creator such as awe (also called “fear of the Lord” and “reverence”), gratitude, faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, righteousness, purity, trust, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who use the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

How dumb to say “Just because something is written in a book…”?

But just because he wrote that doesn’t make it true either !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And LOGICALLY just because something is written in a book doesn’t make it false.

Is this the stupidest person in the last 6 monthsf

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.  And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.  And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.  And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.  And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:  And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands:  and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.  Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law:  and the people stood in their place.  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day is holy unto our Lord:  neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  (Nehemiah 8:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); The Apocryphal Books? (08/07/2015); Endowed With Spirit? (05/08/2015); The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); Those Who Read? (02/17/2015); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); Delusions and Revelation (09/23/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, spiritual questions require spiritual answers that come from spiritual sources.  In the same way disputes among professional athletes in the NFL (National Football League) regarding assessment of penalties during game play, player eligibilities, and salary limits are resolved by referring to information compiled within contracts, rule books, and other recorded documents, matters of spiritual commitment, sound doctrine, faith, and spiritual practice (we say, sacraments) are resolved among mature Christian believers by applying the sacred knowledge (rather than secular data) contained within the holy writings.  Even for educated men and women who are accomplished at using the finite tools of intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy and science, the Bible is very challenging.  Correct reading of the Scriptures is a sacred process that requires participation of the Spirit of GOD.  The reader must have holy boldness (i.e., certainty and trust in GOD that operate like confidence and courage), discernment (using ones own spirit content to recognize and respond to spirit matter from the makeup of divinity as it appears within events, oneself, other persons, prophesies, purposes, etc.), and meekness (be “coach-able” and “teach-able” by the Holy Spirit; readiness to yield to the promptings of the Spirit).  Upon the earth, the heart and mind of created beings and living creatures are to operate as receptacles and vessels of divine substance.  Even so, it is necessary to preserve special truths by recording and writing them down (for example, like the Ten Commandments, on tables of stone, written by the finger of GOD).  Once properly recorded, law, examples and illustrations, principles and processes can be circulated, and can become shared with others, even those of other regions and time eras.  Consider again how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  John 7:  14-18, King James Version (KJV):  14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.  15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?  16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:  but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

(2.)  2nd Timothy 3:  16-17, KJV:  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

(3.)  Isaiah 8:  20, KJV:  20 To the law and to the testimony:  if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Ecclesiastes 12:  9-14, KJV:  9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.  10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words:  and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.  11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.  12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished:  of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.  13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep his commandments:  for this is the whole duty of man.  14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Offerings, sacrifices, and tithes are topics, today.  Within the divine economy for believers, at no time do crops, livestock, or money become sacred objects that are to be worshiped. Yet, their meaning and merit are transformed when they appear as aspects within divine operations, eternal purposes, and sacred use. We say offerings are commanded and mandatory; sacrifices are whatever one promises and volunteers to give.  Correctly understood, paying tithes for Christian believers is a commitment to make visible on earth the priesthood of Jesus Christ as Risen Lord in heaven.  Tithing is a priestly duty and sacred practice as opposed to private charitable giving, philanthropy, or benevolence and donations that express impulses and sentiment.  Paying tithes is as much a contractual obligation and lawful duty as having to compensate ones bank or lending institution.  For many followers of Christ there is confusion on ones accountability regarding tithes due to the false teaching that the covenant and Ten Commandments once given to Israel are annulled along with circumcision and the many other obligations from Jewish culture and tradition.  The Adversary has taught, Ye shall not surely die—for refusing to continue gestures of obedience, covenant, and respect by tithing.  Consider this:  An employer and a worker are in a relationship that is maintained and structured on the basis of more than familiarity, friendliness, and personal integrity.  There are legal obligations for payment and reward defined and regulated through civil law.  Similarly, where believers in Jesus Christ sign a contract for church membership (that may include pledging (promising to give) tithes as a fiscal device to maintain the physical plant, the clergy, and the programs of the church), they enter a formal relationship that also must respond to civil and ecclesiastical law.  While the church does not pursue or punish believers by confiscating a members property or using debt collection, late fees, liens, and proceedings against the membership to expose fraud, finances for the congregation must be made regular and stable in the same way the billing cycles to the institution (mortgage, repairs, utilities) are scheduled and routine.  Therefore, in some situations, failure to pay ones tithe may even be regarded as misrepresentation and criminal neglect.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Zachary” (Level 1 with 104 points, a member since February 13, 2015) posted the following:

 

What do i tithe on?

recently ive made about 500 dollars but it was all a mix of birthday money and money i made off of ebay. the money off of ebay has technically already been tithed on (the items were older gifts i outgrew and i know my parents tithed on the money they bought them with originally) and birthday money is kind of a bonus..

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.  Ye are cursed with a curse:  for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.  And all nations shall call you blessed:  for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.  Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  (Malachi 3:  8-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Ananias, Liar, Thief or Blasphemer? (01/12/2015); Consecrated in Christ? (06/21/2014); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013); Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013); Sacrificial Relationship? (10/23/2013); Relationship by Unselfish Giving? (10/24/2013)

 

“Zachary”, here are a few points shared among Christian believers who are careful to make serving GOD their focus so they avoid the sin of making it “all about money” (idolatry):

(1.)  For those who accompanied Moses, the “tithe” is a tenth from (we say, 10% of) whatever one may plant and produce using their portion within the Promised Land.  While the land itself is not anointed, consecrated, and sanctified (specifically set apart for service to GOD), and the crop itself is not holy, the tithe is to be understood as though already resting upon an altar of sacrifice that serves as the point of contact for earth and heaven.

(2.)  The primary income and inheritance for those serving as priests was a portion from the offerings and sacrifices brought to them by those among the twelve tribes.   In this sense, Jehovah was the inheritance and their portion for the clergy.  While prayer, study and worship could be carried out everywhere using the system of local synagogues, offerings and sacrifices were to be made only at the place that GOD would name as the divine residence (e.g., Shiloh, Jerusalem).  Those who received tithes also were expected to give a tithe that would be used to maintain the tabernacle (later, temple)  services.

(3.)  For many today, the tithe is a portion of ones income (meaning whatever they receive from GOD—found money, gifts, return from investments, etc.).  Filthy lucre is held to be wealth from illegal and immoral activity, and may include money from cheating on ones taxes, drugs, gambling, loan sharking, lotteries, pornography, prostitution, robbery, sale of stolen goods, and usury.  Others understand it differently:  the tithe is a 10% “tax” upon whatever they earn as wages (before federal and local taxes, or other deductions).  Still others, insist that the principle of tithing only is correct where ones labor and resources are handled and respected in terms of seed and harvest.

There is far more to be plainly said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The person who tithes must understand, they are a manager and steward within the household of GOD.  The tithe is not their own, and must be rendered for continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ in the earth.  The enrollment of a believer as a new member of an assembly or congregation, in effect, establishes a legal contract requiring their regular financial support, and is not merely a personal oath and promise to perform the peculiar duties for spreading the Gospel.  Therefore, indebtedness and mismanagement of ones own finances is damaging to the church.  As in Malachi 3:  8 (KJV), a man may rob GOD; and there will be judgment against him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Workplace policies, procedures and relationships are in view, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “?” (Level 2 with 454 points, a member since November 02, 2013) posted the following:


Should religious bosses be allowed to force their religion onto their staff? 

You hear about some teachers who lost their jobs because they are gay and against their boss’ “Christian Values” or a business that tries to mess with the employee’s health plan based on the management’s religion.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.  And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,  And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.  Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.  And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?  They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.  So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.  And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.  But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong:  didst not thou agree with me for a penny?  Take that thine is, and go thy way:  I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.  Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?  So the last shall be first, and the first last:  for many be called, but few chosen.  (Matthew 20:  1-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Wrong Not to Forgive? (03/05/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013); Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013)

 

“?”, here are a few points to consider in agreement with Christian belief:

(1.)  The corporate model for relationships between employers and their employees is that of the formal contract stating up front all the terms and conditions of the agreement for their association.  The contract is a document having status as binding and legitimate within all legal proceedings, and that states the continuing accountability, commitment, and obligation of the parties in agreement.  Therefore, the contract that speaks to initiation, maintenance, and severance for the relationship, also may include goals of the firm, the job description, specific tasks and objectives, and a summary of workplace business practices, policies, and procedures.  Additionally, any rights an employee is asked to waive will be identified.

(2.)  A personal model for employer/employee relationships may emphasize unspoken expectations, assumed products of interaction, shared goals, trust, and understanding as well as benefit to the integrity of ones name, ones reputation, and ones word.  For the Christian, honesty, job satisfaction, fulfillment, love, progress, and respect are the primary bases for association, rather than coercion, financial gain, force, self-promotion, or violence.

(3.)  During the interview process, employees are to examine and evaluate the firm that is offering to hire them in the same way the firm is asking questions and making decisions about the candidates fit within their scheme of management and professional development.  During the 30 to 90 day probation and trial period, new employees are to investigate, and further understand the limits and opportunities offered by the firm.  Just as the employer may terminate with prejudice a worker who is found “unfit”, the worker is also free to deny the employer.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4.)  Christian believers are to operate within any workplace displaying and expressing their competence as mature persons, as professional laborers, and as agents or spokespersons for GOD.  At no time may the employment contract, nor the social consensus be violated by efforts that disrupt and undermine cooperation to accomplish necessary tasks of their employment.  This includes using office equipment (e.g., computers, copiers, telephones) for personal amusement and non-work related activity (e.g., card games, gambling, preaching, proselytizing), and making inappropriate challenges and demands for change. Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your knowledge and faith from GOD.

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  (Luke 16:  13, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Authority and rule over the earth, and other spheres of existence within Creation are topics, today.  Also, there is more on apostleship.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the  ID “Banana!” (Level 3 with 1,003 points, a member since February 13, 2014) posted the following:

 

The bible says that Satan is the ruler of this world. If you want something in this world, shouldn’t you be praying to Satan?

Like if you wanted healing, help closing on a house, hoping to find your keys, shouldn’t you pray to the ruler of THIS world?

If you want salvation, heaven, etc., wouldn’t it make sense to pray to God?

Maybe that’s why prayers don’t get answered…people aren’t praying to the one who rules the earthly domain.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  How Many Apostles? (04/30/2014)—(4.)  The special awareness and knowledge of chosen apostles is by the truth that they have abided in the presence of Christ as he appeared in a fullness of divine glory.  Only Peter, James and John were privileged to be with Jesus at the time he was transfigured.  However, Saul of Tarsus saw Jesus as the Pharisee was traveling to Damascus commissioned as the destroyer of the early church.  Saul was blinded by the sudden appearance of divine glory, and became converted through his own peculiar experience of death and resurrection.  By baptism (death of ones inborn nature, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), all believers experience resurrection with Christ; however, all do not receive an eyewitness experience of the Risen Lord.  Apostleship, like adoption of the Holy Spirit, status as a teacher sent by GOD, and standing as a son or daughter of GOD,  may be acknowledged, affirmed, ceremonially celebrated, or witnessed by the laying on of hands; however, sacred agency is not received by sensation and sight (hearing, touching, etc.).  Apostleship is by grace, through faith; and workers having the Spirit of Christ themselves must directly discern the incarnation of GOD in the person of Jesus, and the manifestation of the Savior’s sovereign glory.  Consider again 1st Corinthians 12:  27-28,  2nd Corinthians 5: 7, John 20:  29, Luke 24:  32, Ephesians 2:  19-22 and Ephesians 4:  10-16, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:  the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so:  thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:  therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:  and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:  I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee:  thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.  (Ezekiel 28:  12-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Satan Should Stand Trial? (02/16/2014); The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Adversary or Servant? (11/21/2013); How To Renew The Mind (11/22/2013); Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)

 

“Banana!”, most followers of Christ are challenged at some time by the flawed and subtle (i.e., clever; crafty; having barely visible differences; with hidden or unseen shifts) reasoning that declares Satan is to be worshiped as a god.  Believers avoid slipping up by being grounded in points of Christian belief such as the following:

(1.)  Sin was not immediately discovered and recognized as contrary to the continued existence of GOD and Creation among those who abide within the sphere of divine presence (we say heaven).  Sudden and total condemnation or removal of the angelic beings that sinned would have corrupted the heavenly host, and struck down pillars necessary for divine order within the universe.  By the device of created beings and living creatures upon the earth, the holy angels, sacred beasts, and other celestial creatures are to experience the further revelation of divinity.  In addition to a correct knowledge of divine wrath against sin, all are to perceive and realize the exalted righteousness and wisdom of GOD.

(2.)  The language in the holy writings that speak of Lucifer (also the Adversary, Satan, the Devil) are no longer to be understood as describing a respected and trusted prince.  In the phrase “ruler of the earth,” the key word “of” means “from” not “over”.  Satan is the name and title of one who has been stripped of legitimate authority, and who now operates only by deceit, lies, presumption, pretense, and the use of things that lack divine spirit content.

(3.)  Christ rules the earthly domain; however, the nature of eternal sovereignty is not clearly seen, harmoniously experienced, and correctly understood by focus upon material, physical and social aspects of human experience.  One must contain and apply their own endowment of spirit matter from the makeup of divinity.  Included are such inseparable aspects of GOD as faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, truth, and wisdom.

There is a lot more to be said, properly put into place, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  In the same way minor children have no legal authority to make binding contracts that obligate their parents, mankind can make no binding contracts with Satan that obligate divinity.  The offer of “damaged goods” and “something for nothing” often has appeal while we are still immature, isolated, weak, and young.  Where we are learning and growing within the safety of the body of Christ, we become invincible and victorious over all the wiles of every enemy.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, and your standing as a genuine believer.

Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  (James 4:  7, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share some points on divine pleasure in judgment, prophecy, and punishment of children.  Also, there is more on traditional marriage.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Malaysia” using the ID “The Supreme Llama” (Level 7 with 26,685 points, a member since February 20, 2008) posted the following originally asked at Yahoo Answers Canada:

Does God enjoy watching children be torn to bits by wild bears?

Elisha left Jericho to go to Bethel and on the way some boys came out of a town and made fun of him. “Get out of here, Baldy!” they shouted.Elisha turned around, glared at them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys to pieces.”
2 Kings 2:23-24

THE BATTLE AXE:  Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013)—(5.)  As a tool of the world, marriage is a legal contract to establish common property for couples who agree to cohabit as well as to divide and dispose of property at their separation.  Arranged marriages are found only among those having long-term presence through land and property ownership, having financial security, and having wealth.  Additionally, marriage provides for the receipt and disposition of property as ones inheritance from ones parents, and other deceased persons.  For this reason, bastards, those born out of wedlock, and those born in poverty receive little or no instruction regarding marriage; and these often do not marry, preferring to cohabit in temporary relationships (e.g., common-law marriage, living or moving-in together, or shacking up), where there is less emphasis upon duties for legacies and property rights.  More than this, the poor and undereducated often do not regard marriage as a divinely provided opportunity to create wealth, initiate an inheritance, or to provide memorial to their own living deeds.  (6.)  Using understandings generated by the world, many now hold that marriage has always been only for purposes of fulfilling and “legitimating” the animal aspects of human existence:  ones emotions, lusts, passions, carnal desires, and sexual appetite.  It is foolish, they say, “to put all of ones eggs in one basket” (that is, exclusively to hope, rely upon or trust a single person or relationship for regular and continuing support).  With this in view, many alternatives to marriage now appear; and are promoted as “more honest;” more correctly accountable; a more necessary and realistic display of ones inner feelings and genuine integrity; and, more productive of lasting happiness and sexual freedom as well as true love.  (7.)  As a tool of GOD marriage is a sacrament, or sacred practice that expresses, maintains and nourishes spirit content from divine person, and continues relationship to GOD through Jesus Christ.  Spiritual joining in marriage is not merely by intercourse and sexual intimacy; it is by operations of the Holy Spirit.  Marriage may begin with a young man proposing to a woman—not asking her permission, rather, asking her acceptance, her commitment.  He will ask permission of his own and her parents only where he realizes and understands that the joining of their person also is the joining of their families.  Together they will ask permission from GOD only where they understand themselves in relationship through Christ as agents and representatives of his sacred community, the church, who serve as  evangelizers, parents, teachers, spokespersons, stewards and vessels for the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  Surely, the miracle of water to wine in the wedding at Cana is also the transformation of spirit for marriage from that of the earth to that from heaven.  (8.)  Along with invisible, spirit substance from GOD, marriage is also widely respected as a device to address invisible, secular substance from mankind.  Through marriage society addresses, maintains and promotes various intangible aspects of human relationships such as chance, chastity, compatibility, dignity, feelings, family history, honor, jealousy, maternal instinct, reputation, respect, romance, tradition, trust, and virginity.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.  He is the LORD our God:   his judgments are in all the earth.  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.  Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:  Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.  (Psalms 105:  6-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); Destroying Justice? (07/18/2013); GOD the X? (07/19/2013); When Does Judgment Begin? (06/27/2013); Our Present Comfort (06/28/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

“The Supreme Llama”, GOD enjoys giving meaningful answers to those showing right respect to divine love and sacred truth.  Here are a few points readers should consider that are regularly shared among mature Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who must be known and made visible through operations, processes, and purposes that are displayed through created beings and living creatures.  

(2.)  The living must rely upon their own endowment of divine substance from the person of GOD to recognize (we say, discern) the divine aspects of objects and events presented in their experience.  Included are such inseparable features as awareness, faith, holiness, longsuffering, will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  

(3.)  Sin is an artifact of separation from GOD, is contrary to all existence and life, and is no living thing.  Sin is not a material or physical object, has no spirit content, and is not created by GOD.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and may dominate and influence awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Without the array of divine operations and provisions, sin can not be detected as contrary to ones own being and person, or recognized as a foreign and strange element that is not truly part of oneself.  Repeatedly, the living operate under sin regarding it as “child’s play,” innocence, natural, and normal.

(4.)  The presence that is sin may become known through actions and words; and all behavior and conduct among children and adult humans does not show sin as defiance, disrespect, and irreverence.  However, all behavior and conduct generated under the influence of sin does oppose the continued existence of divine law, divine person, and all Creation.  Given that sin is no created or godly “thing”, and the created can not eliminate and eradicate sin, there must be a sweeping renewal of all Creation to remove all sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  Before anyone may fully understand the threat to the universe posed by a roaming gang of cruel, disobedient boys attacking a prophet (who is outnumbered 40 to 1), they would have to have a broader, deeper understanding of judgment, justice, mercy, and salvation.  Where GOD intervenes, surely, it is to carry out those tasks that may only be completed through divine power and presence, such as protecting those not present, those unborn, and others unseen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:  and the God of peace shall be with you (Philippians 4:  8-9, KJV). 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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